German pastor guilty of homophobic hate speech, lawyer vows to appeal

An evangelical pastor was found guilty of hate speech by a German court on Wednesday for derogatory comments he made about homosexuality.The man’s right to free and religious expression did not permit him to stoke anti-gay sentiment, the judge found in the northern city of Bremen’s district court.The pastor, Olaf Latzel, has been ordered to pay a total fine of 8,100 euros, which is in the lower range of punishment for such crimes.His lawyer decried the ruling as a “catastrophe” and a “gateway to the restriction of freedom speech,” while vowing to appeal the decision.The prosecution had been se…

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